Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley has said the glib dismissal by the Finance Minister of Fianna Fáil’s proposal to cut petrol and diesel prices by 5c shows how out-of-touch the Government has become with the daily lives of people across the country.
“Minister Michael Noonan seems to forget that only last week he confirmed to the Dáil that people adjust their spending patterns in other sectors of the economy depending on the price of fuel. We agree with what he said last week and believe a modest reduction in the cost of fuel would result in a €145 million stimulus to other, more productive sectors of the domestic economy.
“We would also remind Minister Noonan that Fine Gael in opposition was very keen for the State to intervene in fuel prices in 2008 when the cost of petrol was about 40c a litre less than it is now. He and his party didn’t seem to see any obstacles to the idea then.
“Minister Noonan accuses Fianna Fáil of living in an economic dreamland because we seek to achieve a modest saving for motorists. The Minister should be careful of accusing others of losing touch with reality at a time when his Government is heaping new charges upon families and is apparently clueless about the effect this is having on people.
“The current Fianna Fáil parliamentary party is determined to use its mandate to create policies that are relevant to the Ireland of 2012 and will continue to bring forward creative and costed solutions to the problems people face.”